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June 1, 2024

New Short-Term Rental Laws in Hawaii: Impact on Oahu's Housing Market

Hawaii's housing market is facing a significant shift due to new legislation targeting short-term vacation rentals (VRUs). A recent report has highlighted the strain VRUs place on Hawaii's housing supply, with a 35% increase in the number of VRUs advertised statewide, now totaling 23,000 units. This surge ...

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May 6, 2024

Honolulu Short-Term Rental Update: Navigating the Latest Shifts

May 6, 2024 -- The landscape of short-term rental properties in Honolulu County is a dynamic and contentious issue, with recent legal developments, tax implications, and community impacts all playing a role in shaping the current situation.

Legal Developments

A recent court ruling has allowed short-term rentals (STRs) in Honolulu to ...

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May 4, 2024

The Honolulu Skyline Rail System: A Journey Through Innovation and Progress

The Honolulu Skyline Rail System represents a significant leap forward in public transportation for Hawaii's capital city. This article will explore the cost to ride, features of the train, payment methods, station locations, and the history of how this ambitious project came to fruition.

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April 30, 2024

Explaining the NAR Settlement: What It Means for Home Buyers and Sellers

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has reached a settlement that could reshape the real estate landscape in the United States. This settlement, announced on March 15, 2024, and expected to take effect in mid-July 2024, addresses claims brought by home sellers regarding broker commissions. Here's what consumers need ...

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April 19, 2024

Navigating the Waves of Change: Honolulu's Short-Term Rental Laws

Honolulu County is at a pivotal moment in the regulation of short-term rental properties, with several bills and ordinances shaping the future of vacation rentals in this tropical paradise. As a hub of tourism, the impact of these regulations is significant for property owners, residents, and visitors alike.

 

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Oct. 17, 2023

Sea Level Rise in Hawaii: An Impending Challenge for Real Estate Brokers

Living and working as a real estate broker in Hawaii, with a primary focus on residential properties on Oahu, we've witnessed the unique allure of this island paradise. The landscapes, the culture, and the tropical climate make it a desirable location for real estate investment. However, the very charm ...

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Aug. 7, 2023

Hawaii's Environmental Pledge: Transitioning from Cesspools to Septic Tanks by 2050

Nestled in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii's natural beauty has long captivated the world. To preserve this paradise for future generations, Hawaii enacted a groundbreaking law in 2017, mandating the conversion of all cesspools to septic tanks by 2050. This bold step towards sustainable waste management aims to protect the ...

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